Steeple Cab 1544 4 Donald Duke Collection Pacific Electric steeple cab locomotive no. 1544. Donald Duke Collection Steeple Cab 15442010-03-112011-11-20https://www.pacificelectric.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/peryhs-logo-350.pngPacific Electric Railway Historical Societyhttps://www.pacificelectric.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/peryhs-logo-350.png200px200pxRecent PostsRose Parade Special on South Fair Oaks, 1938Removing Pacific Electric Rail on South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, 1944Pacific Electric 1218 Southbound near Huntington Beach, 1946Pacific Electric 1599 at Macy Street Shops, 1939 Showing 4 comments Everett Neal March 27, 2014 Reply I am not knowledgeable on subject of electricity, but I still find it comical that a small electric engine like the “Electra” #1544 drew such large amounts of electricity when it was a part of the North Shore Railroad that other electric cars along the line would slow to a crawl. For this reason, it was operated only during the early hours of the morning to prevent this. The “Electra” performed its last duty as a switch engine a P.E.’s vast Torrence repair shops until its retirement in 1952. I wonder if the “Electric” has been preserved and is still in existence today. If so, does OERM have it? I hope so. E. Suydam & Co. imported the “Electra” as a brass HO scale model years ago and I’m looking to add it to my brass HO model train collection. The “Electra” is an odd, but, interesting looking piece of P.E. equipment. Everett Neal March 27, 2014 Reply I meant to say “I wonder if the “Electra” (not “Electric”) has been preserved”. Gary Starre March 27, 2014 Reply The Electra, PE 1544, was donated to Travel Town in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, in 1955. However, its motors were removed and retained by PE. Bob Davis March 27, 2014 Reply The problem of heavy current draw requiring “Electra” to only operate after the passenger cars were done for the night probably indicates that the electrification was done “on the cheap”, with just enough capacity for normal operations. Leave a Comment Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.